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                   SUGGESTED RESTAURANTS
                           IN THE
                      SAN DIEGO AREA
                            By the Fellows of Estes Park Institute
This list of restaurants was developed from personal experience, internet research and press
reviews of the area’s dining establishments. It is by no means a complete list of all the fine
restaurants in the San Diego area. The website sandiegorestaurants.com was used for internet
research. Please verify information when making a reservation as it is subject to change. We hope
you enjoy the Estes Park Institute and your visit to San Diego.


                                               Dining at
                                       THE HOTEL DEL CORONADO
                         The following restaurants are located in the Hotel del Coronado.
                     For reservations, call 619-522-8490 or e-mail deldining@hoteldel.com.


                   Sheerwater                                                       Crown Room
Sheerwater offers California coastal cuisine: regional            The world-famous Crown Room rivals the imagination.
specialties that emphasize bold flavor, tantalizing spices        Whimsical crown-shaped chandeliers, designed by
and seasonally inspired menus. Refined, yet casual, it            Wizard of Oz author, L. Frank Baum, drop from glowing
features an expansive outdoor dining terrace and giant            sugar-pine ceiling. Spacious windows circling the room
fireplaces. Serving breakfast, lunch, cocktails, light fare       offer some of California’s most radiant views. The Crown
and dinner daily.                                                 Room serves an award-winning Sunday Brunch, a
                                                                  longtime local favorite.

                   1500 Ocean
1500 OCEAN restaurant and bar features glowing
                                                                                 Babcock & Story
sunset colors, beautiful dark wood accents, warm                  The best bar in San Diego, Babcock & Story is designed
lighting and the comfortable elegance found in a                  to take advantage of the spectacular seaside setting
beachfront cabana setting. The terrace overlooking the            and features the original 46-foot handcrafted mahogany
Pacific offers a one-of-a-kind, intimate outdoor dining           bar, which was brought by ship from Philadelphia
venue. The menu showcases the freshest Southland                  around Cape Horn in 1888, as its centerpiece. It’s the
Coastal Cuisine, with selections from Santa Ynez to               perfect spot to enjoy all the NFL action on seven high-
Cabo San Lucas. Featured wines from many of the local             definition, flat-screen TVs. Babcock & Story offers light
vineyards will complement the incredible culinary                 fare from noon until 10:00 pm, daily.
flavors. Open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner.


                       To plan a private dining event in one of the hotel’s banquet rooms,
                           please contact the Catering Department at 619-522-8836.




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                    Acqua Al 2                                                      Blue Point
                   322 Fifth Avenue                                                 565 Fifth Avenue
                  Downtown-Gaslamp                                                     Gaslamp
                    San Diego, CA                                                    San Diego, CA
                    619-230-0382                                                     619-233-6623
                  www.acquaal2.com
                                                                 After many award-winning years in the historic Gaslamp
Acqua Al 2 stylishly recreates the original Acqua in             district, Blue Point remains one of the best dining
Florence, Italy. The menu is a replica of the original, as       options in San Diego. The freshest seafood and relaxed
well. The outdoor patio is lovely for al fresco dining.          atmosphere combine for a special evening.
                RESERVATIONS                                                         RESERVATIONS
     Recommended - Online reservations available                                     Recommended
                       HOURS                                                            HOURS
    Lunch: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, Monday thru Friday                                5:00 pm - Close, nightly
  Dinner: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Monday thru Thursday
       5:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Friday thru Sunday
                                                                            Candelas on the Bay
                Baci Ristorante                                                    1201 1st Street
                                                                                      Coronado
             1955 West Morena Boulevard                                              Coronado, CA
                   San Diego, CA                                                    619-435-4900
                   619-275-2094                                               www.candelas-coronado.com
               www.sandiegobaci.com
                                                                 This new restaurant at the Coronado ferry dock was
Baci has been a local favorite for Northern and Southern         designed so that every seat in the house has a view of
Italian cuisine for 30 years. Sit in the comfortable             the beach, boardwalk, pier or San Diego skyline. The
booths in the main dining room or on the elegant patio           menu is a fusion of Mexican and French cuisine. The
while enjoying the classic pasta, veal or seafood                lunch menu leans more to traditional Mexican, but
preparations.                                                    dinner is another story. When the sun goes down, expect
                                                                 more refined preparations using unusual flavor and
                RESERVATIONS
                                                                 texture combinations.
     Recommended - Online reservations available
                                                                                 RESERVATIONS
                        HOURS
                                                                      Recommended - Online reservations available
    Lunch: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, Monday thru Friday
  Dinner: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm, Monday thru Saturday                                      HOURS
                    Closed Sunday                                 Breakfast: 8:00 am - 11:00 am, Saturday and Sunday
                                                                    Lunch: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday thru Friday
                                                                          Dinner: 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, nightly
           Bertrand at Mister A’s                                        Sunday Brunch: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
             2550 Fifth Avenue, 12th Floor
                      Downtown                                                     Chez Loma
                    San Diego, CA
                   619-239-1377                                                   1132 Loma Avenue
             www.bertrandatmisteras.com                                               Coronado
                                                                                     Coronado, CA
Mister A’s is a room with a view! Enjoy the view over the
                                                                                    619-435-0661
San Diego skyline or Point Loma and the Pacific while
sampling the French/Mediterranean menu.                          Chez Loma is the standard bearer of Traditional French
                                                                 cuisine in San Diego. Unfortunately, its menu is a bit
                 RESERVATIONS
                                                                 tired. It is a short walk from the hotel.
 Recommended - Limited online reservations available
                                                                                     RESERVATIONS
                        HOURS
                                                                                 Strongly recommended
    Lunch: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, Monday thru Friday
    Dinner: 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Monday thru Friday                                      HOURS
       5:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday                                   5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, daily




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                                                                    De Medici Ristorante Italiano
                                                                                 815 Fifth Avenue
        Cowboy Star Restaurant                                                  Downtown-Gaslamp
                                                                                  San Diego, CA
                 640 Tenth Avenue                                                 619-702-7228
                    East Village                                             www.demedicisandiego.com
                   San Diego, CA                               De Medici offers a menu of Northern and Southern
                  619-450-5880                                 Italian dishes. The impeccable service, the quiet dining
               www.thecowboystar.com                           room and the classical music filling the air bring the
Hearken back to the Old West in this unique restaurant         dining experience to a new level.
that is a must for meat lovers. The rustic decor creates                         RESERVATIONS
an atmosphere that is perfect for indulging in huge             Strongly recommended - Online reservations available
portions of beef or bison. They also cater to special
dietary needs (vegan, gluten-free, etc.).                                             HOURS
                                                                     5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Sunday thru Thursday
                    RESERVATIONS                                      5:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Friday and Saturday
                    Recommended
                        HOURS
   Lunch: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, Tuesday thru Friday
                                                                     Dobson’s Bar & Restaurant
  Dinner: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Tuesday thru Thursday                            956 Broadway Circle
       5:00 pm - 10:30 pm, Friday and Saturday                                     Downtown
              5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Sunday                                           San Diego, CA
                    Closed Monday                                                619-231-6771
                                                                            www.dobsonsrestaurant.com
                                                               This Downtown restaurant was established in 1984 and
                                                               still serves its original signature dishes – a pastry
                                                               covered mussel soup and honey-glazed salmon – along
                                                               with a menu of contemporary California creations. It is
            Croce’s Restaurant                                 regularly voted one of the best restaurants in San Diego.
               Corner of Fifth & F Street                                        RESERVATIONS
                 Downtown-Gaslamp                               Strongly recommended - Online reservations available
                    San Diego, CA                                                      HOURS
                    619-233-4355                                   Lunch: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm, Monday thru Friday
                   www.croces.com                               Dinner: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Monday thru Wednesday
Croce’s Restaurant is the hub of several food operations            3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Thursday thru Saturday
owned by Ingrid Croce. It serves Contemporary American                             Closed Sunday
cuisine and has an award-winning wine list. Enjoy an
evening of good food and jazz at this vibrant Gaslamp
establishment.
                                                                        Donovan’s of Downtown
                  RESERVATIONS                                                    570 K Street
 Strongly recommended - Online reservations available                             San Diego, CA
                                                                                 619-237-9700
                       HOURS                                               www.donovanssteakhouse.com
 Breakfast and Lunch: 10:00 am – 2:30 pm, Saturday
                    and Sunday                                 An off-shoot of the successful Donovan's restaurant in
         Dinner: 5:00 pm – Midnight, nightly                   La Jolla. Expect the same attentive service and quality
                                                               ingredients at the downtown location. USDA prime beef,
                                                               Australian rack of lamb and wild North Atlantic Salmon
                                                               are the menu headliners.
                                                                                   RESERVATIONS
                                                                               Strongly recommended
                                                                                       HOURS
                                                                             5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, nightly



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                                                                        Greystone the Steakhouse
                                                                                   658 Fifth Avenue
                                                                                 Downtown-Gaslamp
        Fish Market (Casual)                                                        San Diego, CA
                                                                                    619-232-0225
   Top of the Market (Fine Dining)                                           www.greystonesteakhouse.com
                750 North Harbor Drive                           Greystone is not your ordinary chophouse. If the beef
                      Downtown                                   doesn’t appeal to you, try the elk, buffalo, ostrich or
                    San Diego, CA                                seafood. The exhibition kitchen turns out generous
                   619-232-3474                                  portions of some of the best food in town.
                www.thefishmarket.com
                                                                                    RESERVATIONS
This downtown seafood restaurant has stunning views                                 Recommended
from the second floor dining room. The menu changes
daily to feature the freshest of fish and shellfish. And                                HOURS
for those who like their seafood fresh and raw, a sushi                       5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, nightly
bar and a shellfish bar are located within the restaurant.
                RESERVATIONS                                              Il Fornaio Cucina Italian
     Recommended - Online reservations available
                                                                                   1333 First Street
                       HOURS
                                                                                      Coronado
           Lunch: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, daily
                                                                                     Coronado, CA
   Dinner: 4:00 pm – 9:30 pm, Sunday thru Thursday
                                                                                    619-437-4911
       4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Friday and Saturday
                                                                                   www.ilfornaio.com
                                                                 Il Fornaio has been voted “Best Venue and Best View”
                                                                 restaurant in San Diego. Experience a different Italian
                                                                 regional special each month at Il Fornaio. The
                                                                 restaurant’s bakery turns out yummy breads and
                                                                 pastries, and the wood-fired baked pizzas are real
      George’s California Modern                                 treats. Sit on the patio and delight in the view of
                                                                 downtown and San Diego Bay.
                George’s at the Cove
                1250 Prospect Street                                              RESERVATIONS
                    La Jolla, CA                                  Recommended (Strongly recommended on weekends)
                   858-454-4244                                                         HOURS
              www.georgesatthecove.com                                  11:30 am - 10:00 pm, Monday thru Friday
George’s California Modern is the happy result of a total              10:30 am - 10:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday
renovation in 2007 of the fine dining room at George’s                   Saturday and Sunday a la carte Brunch:
at the Cove. The sophisticated yet relaxed dining room                            10:30 am - 2:00 pm
has stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. The seasonal
menu changes daily and offers dishes using fresh, local
produce and meats and sustainable seafood. The
                                                                                    Indigo Grill
rooftop, Ocean Terrace, has a bistro menu for lunch and
                                                                                   1536 India Street
dinner.
                                                                                    San Diego, CA
                     RESERVATIONS
                                                                                    619-234-6802
                 Strongly recommended
                                                                 Indigo Grill is located in the Little Italy section of
                      HOURS
                                                                 downtown San Diego. It was voted one of the best
         Lunch: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, daily
                                                                 restaurants in 2009 by the readers of San Diego
 Dinner: 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, Monday thru Thursday
                                                                 Magazine.
      5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Friday thru Sunday
                                                                                    RESERVATIONS
                                                                                    Recommended
                                                                                       HOURS
                                                                       5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Sunday thru Thursday
                                                                       5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Friday and Saturday


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                   Island Prime                                            Osetra - The Fish House
                 880 Harbor Island Drive                                            904 Fifth Avenue
                      Point Loma                                                   Downtown-Gaslamp
                     San Diego, CA                                                    San Diego, CA
                    619-298-6802                                                     619-239-1800
                                                                                 www.osetrafishhouse.com
Open for five years, Island Prime has quickly gained a
loyal following. The food and service are rated five-star.         Osetra specializes in caviar, fish and shellfish. That
                                                                   said, one may choose from an extensive collection of
                     RESERVATIONS
                                                                   vodkas to accompany the caviar or from the extensive
                 Strongly recommended
                                                                   wine list to accompany the fish and shellfish. The
                       HOURS                                       service is outstanding.
       5:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Sunday thru Thursday
                                                                                   RESERVATIONS
       5:30 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday and Saturday
                                                                        Recommended - Online reservations available
                                                                                          HOURS
                                                                         5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Sunday thru Thursday
                   Ocean Room                                             5:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Friday and Saturday
                  630 Fifth Avenue
                     Downtown                                                    Osteria Panevino
                   San Diego, CA
                   619-501-6550                                                     722 Fifth Avenue
             www.oceanroomsandiego.com                                             Downtown-Gaslamp
                          or                                                          San Diego, CA
               www.diningonfifth.com                                                 619-595-7959
                                                                                 www.osteriapanevino.com
The Ocean Room is a seafood lover’s delight. The fish
entrees are prepared with Asian and Cajun influences.              Osteria Panevino is a casual Italian restaurant with
The Oyster/Raw Bar serves the freshest shellfish.                  sidewalk tables and consistently good food. Wood-fired
                                                                   pizzas and pastas as well as more formal dishes are
                RESERVATIONS
                                                                   available.
     Recommended - Online reservations available
                                                                                   RESERVATIONS
                        HOURS
                                                                        Recommended - Online reservations available
                4:00 pm - 11:00 pm, daily
                                                                                        HOURS
                                                                                11:30 am - 11:00 pm, daily
        Oceanaire Seafood Room
                                                                                       Peohe’s
                     400 J Street
                       Gaslamp                                                       1201 First Street
                    San Diego, CA                                                       Coronado
                    619-858-2277                                                       Coronado, CA
                 www.theoceanaire.com                                                 619-437-4474
                                                                                     www.peohes.com
The door of the 1930’s art deco styled dining room is
your entry to a world of fantastic seafood. The oyster             Head to Peohe’s for a romantic Polynesian evening. The
bar offers varieties from New Zealand to Nova Scotia,              Pacific Rim food is complemented by the view of San
and they are half price at happy hour. More than twenty            Diego Bay, the private booths, and overall ambiance.
varieties of fish are flown in daily to be grilled or cooked
                                                                                     RESERVATIONS
in more creative (but not better) ways.
                                                                    Strongly recommended - Online reservations available
                RESERVATIONS
                                                                                          HOURS
     Recommended - Online reservations available
                                                                     Lunch: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, Monday thru Saturday
                        HOURS                                        Dinner: 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Sunday thru Thursday
       5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Sunday thru Thursday                          5:30 pm - 10:30 pm, Friday and Saturday
        5:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Friday and Saturday                             Sunday Brunch: 11:00 am - 2:30 pm




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           Primavera Ristorante
                 932 Orange Avenue
                     Coronado
                    Coronado, CA
                   619-435-0454
                www.primavera1st.com
This cozy, quiet restaurant is located in the heart of
Coronado. The Italian menu ranges from pasta to fish to
                                                                                The Brigantine
meat. Primavera has a private dining room for groups.
                                                                                 1333 Orange Avenue
The restaurant is know for its impeccable service.
                                                                                     Coronado
                    RESERVATIONS                                                    Coronado, CA
                    Recommended                                                    619-435-4166
                                                                                 www.brigantine.com
                        HOURS
              5:00 pm - 10:30 pm, nightly                       Located across the street from the Hotel del Coronado,
                                                                it's an easy walk to a casual dinner of very good
                                                                seafood. The restaurant also features a raw bar and
              Red Pearl Kitchen                                 outdoor cocktail deck.
                     440 J Street                                                   RESERVATIONS
                    San Diego, CA                                                   Recommended
                   619-231-1100                                                        HOURS
               www.redpearlkitchen.com                            Lunch: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, Monday thru Saturday
Located in the heart of the Gaslamp District, Red Pearl                  Dinner: 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Sunday
Kitchen serves upscale Pan-Asian cuisine in family style             5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Monday thru Thursday
dishes that are meant to be shared. The Scottish                      5:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Friday and Saturday
Salmon Red Curry and the Shaking Kobe Beef get top
reviews. The dining room is rather elegantly decorated in
red, black, gold and orange. The restaurant has two
private rooms for groups.
                RESERVATIONS
     Recommended - Online reservations available                       The Prado at Balboa Park
                      HOURS
                                                                                    1549 El Prado
      5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Sunday thru Thursday
                                                                                    San Diego, CA
       5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Friday and Saturday
                                                                                    619-557-9441
                                                                Prado is located in the House of Hospitality, a beautiful
         Rhinoceros Café & Grill                                Spanish Colonial style building. The restaurant offers
                                                                Latin dishes as well as nouvelle creations. Private rooms
                 1166 Orange Avenue                             are available for groups.
                     Coronado
                    Coronado, CA                                                    RESERVATIONS
                   619-435-2121                                                 Strongly recommended
                  www.rhinocafe.com                                                     HOURS
Starched white linens adorn the tables at this casual               Lunch: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm, Monday thru Friday
bistro. After starting with a refreshing, crispy salad,               11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday
make a meal of their exceptional pasta or enjoy fresh                Dinner: 5:00 pm – Close, Tuesday thru Sunday
seafood or steak. It has a good selection of wines and                          Closed Monday evening
micro-brews.
                    RESERVATIONS
                    Recommended
                        HOURS
           Lunch: 11:00 am - 2:30 pm, daily
           Dinner: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, daily



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              Trattoria La Strada
                   702 Fifth Avenue
                       Gaslamp
                    San Diego, CA
                    619-239-3400
              www.trattorialastradasd.com
Tough decisions await you at Trattoria La Strada —
pasta, meat or seafood. The Tuscan menu offers a vari-
ety of pastas with a large selection of outstanding
sauces. Meat and seafood preparations range from sim-
ply grilled to stuffed and sauced. The desserts are made
in-house – the tiramisu is excellent.
                RESERVATIONS
     Recommended - Online reservations available
                       HOURS
      11:30 am - 11:00 pm, Sunday thru Thursday
       11:30 am - 12:30 am, Friday and Saturday



            Vigilucci’s Ristorante
                  1330 Orange Avenue
                      Coronado
                    619-522-0946
                   www.vigiluccis.com
Vigilucci’s menu is filled with Italian favorites, fresh sea-
food and steaks. Their “Oceano” dining room overlooks
the Pacific Ocean, and their “Murano” room and patio
overlook Orange Avenue. Both rooms are pleasantly
decorated and comfortable. The piano bar has live mu-
sic every evening starting at six o’clock.
                      RESERVATIONS
                      Recommended
                      HOURS
     11:00 am – 10:00 pm, Monday thru Thursday
      11:00 am – 11:00 pm, Friday and Saturday
            10:00 am – 10:00 pm, Sunday
        (Sunday Brunch: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm)




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                              ENTERTAINMENT

                                     Weather
                 Average Temperatures in October/November
                     Highs in the low 70's: lows in the mid 50's


                                        Golf
                        Coronado Municipal Golf Course
                                619-435-3121
                             www.golfcoronado.com

  Tee times can also be arranged at one of the many world-class golf courses in the
San Diego area by calling the Hotel del Coronado Golf Department at 1-866-574-7557.
  Visit www.sandiegogolf.com for a complete listing, including the following favorites:

                               La Costa Golf Resort
                               Maderas Golf Course
                                 Aviara Golf Club
                                Riverwalk Golf Club
                             Steele Canyon Golf Club
                             Torrey Pines Golf Course


                                       Tennis
                             Coronado Tennis Center
                              1501 Glorietta Boulevard
                                  619-435-1616
                               www.tennispoint.com


                                     Shopping
                                  Shops at The Del
      Shops at The Del, a unique San Diego shopping destination located at the
      Hotel del Coronado, offers a wide variety of shops and boutiques including
        upscale apparel, fine jewelry, home accents, shoes, purses and more.

                              Fashion Valley Mall
                           7007 Friars Road, San Diego
                         619-688-9113 or 619-297-3381
                     www.simon.com/mall/default.aspx?ID=765
       One of San Diego’s finest collection of stores including Neiman Marcus,
              Louis Vuitton, Saks Fifth Avenue, Gucci and Tiffany & Co.



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                                    Downtown La Jolla
                                       858-454-5718
                                   www.lajollabythesea.com
         Everything from high-end art galleries and antiques to charming boutiques,
                            La Jolla has something for everyone.


                       Balboa Park Activities & Attractions
    The nation's largest urban cultural park, Balboa Park is home to 14 major museums,
 renowned performing arts venues, beautiful gardens and the San Diego Zoo. The following
is a listing of just a few of Balboa Park’s many attractions. For information on all attractions,
                         call 619-239-0512 or visit www.balboapark.org.

                                       San Diego Zoo
                                        619-231-1515
                                     www.sandiegozoo.org

                                 San Diego History Center
                                      619-232-6203
                                  www.sandiegohistory.org

                             San Diego Air & Space Museum
                                     619-234-8291
                               www.sandiegoairandspace.org

                             Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
                                 (including IMAX theater)
                                      619-238-1233
                                      www.rhfleet.org


                            Other Activities & Attractions
                                   SeaWorld San Diego
                                      800-25-SHAMU
                                 www.seaworldsandiego.com

                                San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park
                                       619-231-1515
                                    www.sandiegozoo.org

               Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
                                   858-534-FISH
                              www.aquarium.ucsd.edu




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           ENTERTAINMENT

                Legoland
               760-918-5346
              www.legoland.com

   Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
                619-220-5422
   www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=663

           Old Town Trolley Tours
       619-298-8687 or 1-888-910-8687
        www.trolleytours.com/san-diego

         San Diego Harbor Excursion
                800-442-7847
                www.sdhe.com



      For a complete listing of Activities and
      Recreation at the Hotel del Coronado,
visit www.hoteldel.com/recreation-and-fitness.




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